Sunday, February 7, 2010

Texting on the Brain





 
My mother grew up in San Marcos, Texas, on the cusp of the Hill Country.  She's got a lot of stories about life 'back when'.  But the best thing about growing up in the hills is that it gave her a forge-ahead spirit.

She and Dad came to visit a few weeks ago. Mom sat in the kitchen for a few hours learning how to do text messages on her new cell phone.  

That's one reason she's still a force at 84 years old.

Not the texting, per se.  More the habit of life-long learning.  Computer, digital photography, doing Silver Sneakers exercise class, leading a neighborhood group.  Every new activity grows her brain.  New dendrites which will make connections when old ones don't.  

This time her bonus is keeping up with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  A bonus for the whole family.

She's my example of how to live a good life over time.  Stay active.  Keep learning.  Be positive.  Keep in touch. 

I wonder what would happen if we all took up something new.  Learned to knit, or dance or do yoga, play an instrument, speak a foreign language, write the stories of our lives.  Something we haven't done before, something to expand our worlds and grow our minds.  

For happiness and competence at 84, and beyond.

Words and photos by Kathleen Scott,for her blog Hill Country Mysteries. Copyright 2009-2010.

13 comments :

Ms. Moon said...

Good genes you've got there, honey. Your mama is darling besides being smart.

texasdeb said...

She is such an inspiration. I am hoping to put some serious time into working on at least three new talents this year, just to keep the dust from settling. Hopefully, when I hit your Mom's territory, I'll still be learning, just the way she is. Go Kathleen's Mom!

Patchwork said...

Your momma sounds like a great lady. She's right. You have to keep learning, all the way through life.

Denny Coates said...

Your mom's a wonderful example of what everyone should be doing, regardless of age. Coincidentally, I'm posting on this topic, too, today!

Jayne said...

Thanks for this inspirational post. Your mom is a wonderful lady! I think she has the key -- keep your mind and body active for a long and happy life. I'm so lucky that I still have my parents too. Dad took up water skiing at 60, at 70 he and mom, on a trip to Colorado from their native England, took a ride up a mountain on horseback. They still enjoy gardening and long drives and walks in the English countryside. They are an inspiration to me. I hope I'm as good at their age.

N2 said...

Your mother has the right idea, learning keeps the brain working, I am convinced. That was one of the traits that I most admired in my Mom, the ability to go on learning and changing throughout life. She's been gone 12 years now and I still miss her everyday. Text your Mom a hug from me =o). x0 N2

Sarcastic Bastard said...

Your Mom is cute as a button, and I agree, if you want to live to be old and happy, retain an interest in the world around you.

Love you!

Jane said...

Our mom is amazing. She was always the coolest mom around - the one that would get her hair wet, and would splash in puddles with us. Now, she now only scans and emails pictures, but can text! Way to go mom. Good job K.
Love, your younger sister Jane

deb said...

Seriously !

She is my new hero. When I finally give in to this texting thing, I will tell her. For now, I send a cyber hug, and a thank you for the inspiration.

You are blessed , Kathleen.

Iris said...

How wonderful!!! Thanks so much for the reminder, Kathleen.

Andrea said...

God loves you so well for letting your Mom live a long life and be with all of you till that old age. You are also a good daughter for paying tribute to her. May your tribe increase. God bless you more.

Me said...

She's awesome! I wish I could hear some of her stories. . .you should get her to type them up for us - I'd totally read her blog. . .

phd in yogurtry said...

I like your Mom. I hope I follow her example at 84 because we all know technology is not going to slow down. My blog was part of my personal dendritic growth plan.